Managed Pollination Protection Plan meetings are gathering important feedback

Stakeholders gave their input on developing Michigan’s Managed Pollinator Protection Plan at recent listening sessions. More meetings are available to attend.

Honey bee foraging on Asclepias, commonly known as milkweed. Photo: Sarah B. Scott, MSU.

Honey bee foraging on Asclepias, commonly known as milkweed. Photo: Sarah B. Scott, MSU.

The second of seven listening sessions for the Managed Pollinator Protection Plan was held at the Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. The attendees represented a handful of groups, including the Saginaw Mosquito Abatement Commission, Midland County Mosquito Control, Miller Chemical, Farmers National Co., Saginaw Valley Beekeepers Association, Michigan State University Extension, commercial beekeepers, Michigan Commercial Beekeepers Association, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and sideliner beekeepers.

Following the presentation on the Managed Pollinator Protection Plan given by Mike Hansen, the state apiarist, a discussion was held to gather feedback from the attendants. There were many helpful suggestions and useful information shared that will be used to shape the framework of Michigan’s Managed Pollination Protection Plan. The feedback collected from the listening sessions will be paramount in guiding the next steps in creating the Managed Pollinator Protection Plan.

The next meeting will be held at the Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center on Sept. 13, 2016, from 2-4 p.m. Thank you to all who took the time to attend the Managed Pollinator Protection Plan Stakeholder listening sessions so far!

There are several more Managed Pollinator Protection Plan listening sessions you can attend either face-to-face, online or by phone.

So we can gauge attendance, please register for a meeting at: Managed Pollinator Protection Plan Meetings. If you have any questions or concerns prior to the meetings, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Find more information about the plan on our Managed Pollinator Protection Plan webpage. You can find updates and current information on listening sessions and other topics related to the Managed Pollinator Protection Plan on MSU Extension’s Pollinators and Pollination page.

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